The Fallen is the prequel to Trueblood's Plight and explains how the Endarkened, the enemy in Trueblood's Plight, came into existence.
Even though Acanit grew up in a village surrounded by people who shunned him, he still considered the place his home.
So when a group of outsiders come to take him away, he is distressed by the kidnapping, yet helpless to stop it. It is only among this group of outsiders that Acanit learns the truth of what he is and why he is so different from his parents and the villagers.
As he grows stronger and more certain of his abilities, Acanit still is unsure of his place in the world, nor does he realize the impact his very existence could have. After forming a bond with the outsiders who took him from everything he knew, he is forced to leave them behind and set out on his own.
Sweet, gentle Acanit finally meets Kiersha, and feels both love and acceptance for the first time in his life. Unfortunately, the very creatures the outsiders warned him about are determined to get what they want.
Acanit is forced to decide between fighting for his love, but probably dying in the process and getting her killed as well, or sacrificing himself, leaving Kiersha to fend for herself. It is a terrible decision, and one with a horrible result that Acanit could never have imagined.
My heart went out to Acanit, the way it goes out to such characters as "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" and other such misfits. The last two chapters of the story were so poignant, that there was nothing I could do but cry for Acanit and Kiersha.
Copyright (c) 2011 Wendy L. Callahan